The world’s tallest mountain is once again open to visitors as the trekking season begins and adventurers flock to hike up to Everest’s iconic Base Camp.
Perhaps the most famous trek in the world, the Everest Base Camp route, rising up through the Himalayas to 5,364metres is tackled by tens of thousands of tourists every year. No wonder trekking companies say it is their best-seller.
But you don’t have to follow the crowds – there are plenty of amazing hiking routes around the world. MailOnline Travel and World Expeditions have put together their pick of the top six awe-inspiring treks on earth.
Everest: Tackling the tallest mountain in the world is the trek climbers dream of Pitch your tent: Everest Base Camp sits at an altitude of more than 5,000 meters
Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar, Nepal
Length and ability: 18 days, moderate
This classic trek through traditional Sherpa villages to the base of the world’s highest mountain and nearby peak of Kala Pattar is, of course, a showstopper. It is packed with ‘grab your camera’ moments as you take in vistas of Mount Everest, pass ancient monasteries and spot wildlife a-plenty en route.
But, if you’re looking to get off the beaten path (the Everest route can get busy in peak season) why not try…
Gokyo Lakes, Nepal
Length and ability: 17 days, moderate
A great alternative to Everest Base Camp trek. This tranquil trek through the Sherpa heartlands allows plenty of time to savor spectacular mountainscapes from the comfort of private permanent campsites. You’ll still have your head above the clouds as you ascend Gokyo Ri (5,000m) from where you can snap superb photos of Everest, and the 8,000m peaks of Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu in Tibet. Climb high above the shimmering lakes at sundown and witness one of the most spectacular sunset displays the Himalaya has to offer.